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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Two New KISS Gnomes on: July 30, 2015 05:42:35 PM
I've finally finished the last two KISS gnomes (at least for me anyway. I've gotten a request to make another Gene and another Paul for family members for Christmas).

I bought a set of four 10" tall rubber Art Line gnomes from someone on eBay. They were damn near perfect: no fading, no staining. I don't think they ever saw the outside world.


Space Ace with a cute little lamb. He did have a tall wooden branch in his left hand originally. Because of the belt and vest, there's no enough room to put it back into his hand. I did keep it though for one of the other gnomes, just in case.


http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ny6EpStalgU/Vbq-1Fvq81I/AAAAAAAADm4/GSMx2Zkh9bg/s1600/ResizedImage_1438030567782.jpg

This time, there was minimal swearing and complaining, because I wasn't having as many problems with the silver Testor's enamel paint as I did last time.

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Crotchet hook making on: July 26, 2015 07:38:27 AM
I don't think I could manage making anything with a hook this big, but I want to make a giant crochet hook just to hang on my wall! Smiley

***ROCKS***
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Cake the Cat Amigurumi from "Adventure Time" on: July 24, 2015 06:53:15 PM
I finished writing this pattern tonight, and she was inspired by Mia Handcrafter's original pattern for Jake. I have to say already, just from looking at her, I do like her but I feel like I should have made her arms and legs a little shorter.



I'm not going to post the pattern for it here, since I write the way I talk: long and windy.  Grin Plus, I've got some extra pictures of her tail online too. However, if anyone wants to make their own Cake the Cat, the pattern is up for grabs.

http://amylynn98.blogspot.com/2015/07/an-adventure-with-jake-dog-and-new.html
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Bow Tie For My Dog on: June 12, 2015 05:52:06 PM
He's so funny! He wasn't wild about the tie until I told him how handsome he looked. THAT'S when he smiled at me for the picture.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Bow Tie For My Dog on: June 11, 2015 06:09:06 PM
Our German Shepherd is 13 years old. We've had him since he was 7 months old.


My husband has always said I am not allowed to dress the dog. I have always maintained that a little doggie black leather jacket and matching hat would make him look tough (and freaking ADORBS!). My husband says no, it really won't, because our GSD is actually a lover and not a tough guy.

And he also doesn't want our dog to be dressed like the lead singer of Judas Priest.

But when I saw a pattern for a baby's bow tie, http://www.dreamcatcherbaby.com/2012/01/baby-bow-tie-tutorial.html...well, my husband's at work, I'm here alone with our dog, and I've decided he's going for the preppie look tonight.


I actually saved some fabric from some pants I turned into capris, especially for this project. I may need help. The crafting might be getting out of control for me.  Roll Eyes

This pattern actually called for interfacing, but since this was going to be just for cutes and giggles behind my husband's back, I left out the interfacing. For the inside of the bow, I put in one extra piece of fabric. The interfacing does have a purpose, which was to give it a little extra stiffness (that's what she said) and I knew the tie would need that, even just for photos.

I think I should have made the center part of the bow a little narrower, by taking off 1/2" in width.


"Orion, what's my afternoon schedule look like? I'm going to need to pencil in  a post-meeting nap around 3."


"Hello! I'm Business Dog! It's time to go to work to make the moneys to buy more treats!"
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Tennessee Titans Blanket For A Friend on: May 31, 2015 06:18:21 AM
Ooooooooh!  Shocked Shocked Thanks for the link! I'm going to look at it right now!


This is epic. Well done on finishing it. You have a very lucky friend.
I don't know if it will help with crochet patterns but this website http://www.tata-tatao.to/knit/matrix/e-index.html allows you to create and print a graph paper that matches your row and stitch count. In knitting it makes designing a pattern so much easier and it might work in crochet too.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Tennessee Titans Blanket For A Friend on: May 30, 2015 06:32:05 PM
And it will FINALLY be on it's merry way to it's rightful owner as of Monday! (I have seriously been working on this blanket for over a year, off and on.) It does need some time to hang a little more, to open up (mostly) the top half, and it's large enough to cover a queen sized bed, with just a little overhang.

The details:
an H sized hook
full skein of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn (from an Amazon seller) in White (larger skein)
partial skein of Craftsmart Value Yarn (from Michael's) in White (smaller skein)
full skein of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn (from an Amazon seller) in Soft Navy (big skein)
full skein of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn (from an Etsy seller) in Soft Navy (smaller skein)
partial skein of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn (from AC Moore) in Soft Navy (big skein)
full skein of Red Heart Shimmer Yarn (from an Amazon seller) in Black (I found out this is actually a discontinued yarn. It's also a lighter weight yarn than all the other yarn I was using.)
partial skein of Red Heart Shimmer Yarn (from an Etsy seller) in Black
partial skein of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn (from an Amazon seller) in Light Blue
partial skein of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn (from an Amazon seller) in Grey Heather
partial skein of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn (from an Amazon seller) in Cherry Red
I'm not completely wild with how the helmet emblem came out. It looks wonky to me, but I redid it a few times, and I know it's not a design fault. Somewhere, I kept putting in too many stitches going across so I know it's wider than it should be.



I also wish I had gone with a shade of yarn lighter than the Soft Navy. It's hard to see the black details within the cowcatcher on the front of the helmet, even with the white outline.

And I did take a little creative license with the logo. The "TENNESSEE" in the logo is supposed to be slightly curved into the "TITANS." But I'm enough of a pain in the ass that I decided I was going to change it because I didn't like it like that. In this version, the "TENNESSEE" is completely straight across.

However, I love these patterns. Like the Steelers blanket, this pattern was made by Donna Hammell of New Jersey. It takes a lot of work to get these graph patterns to come out correctly. I've tried a few times and I just can't get the hang of it to make my own.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Worked a Little on The Vanity on: May 21, 2015 02:49:27 PM
Several years ago, I picked up an art deco vanity from Bill's FX, a former flea market in an old electronics store building in Virginia Beach. It caught on fire and burned beyond repair shortly after I got the vanity.

Over the years, I've noticed the wood veneer was starting to look and feel extremely dry. I don't think it ever had a clear stain put on it. I know I might not be able to keep this thing forever, but I want to try and protect the wood the  best I can.

Since I still had some from my sewing machine project, I decided to take the vanity apart and give it a good coat of polyurethane on it. I started it on Monday night and finished it tonight.


It's a little blurry, but you can see the poly on the middle section, compared to the unpoly'ed left and right sides. It's a huge difference, and I only did one coat of poly. The two pieces sticking up in the back are the supports for the mirror.


Before (on the left side) and after (on the right side) the poly. Again, this is just one coat.

Now unfortunately, I'm feeling froggy to try and fix up the armoire that I have (also art deco). Even though I spent more on the vanity, I absolutely love the armoire and I'm afraid I'll mess it up somehow, because that actually has more damage to the veneer.
9  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 108 ENTRIES / Re: KISS frame on: May 09, 2015 11:20:27 AM
Oh, thanks so much!! We had such a good time at that concert. It was about 1 week or so before m husband deployed that time, so we started that deployment off on a good foot.
10  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 108 ENTRIES / KISS frame on: May 07, 2015 05:05:03 PM


This is a little collage I put together for the challenge. This was the first time I had ever seen KISS and my husband's second time (although when he saw them the first time, they weren't wearing the makeup).

I still had our tickets from when we saw KISS in 2013, as well as some of the confetti they shot off at the end of show while playing "Rock and Roll All Night." (You can see that here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iexAcK253t8, which was not shot by my husband, but whoever this person was, they were close to where we were!).

We had our photo taken with the Dr. Love lookalike before going to our seats...that poor man was literally sweating his makeup off, but he was such a nice guy! Later, my husband turned the camera on us during "I Was Made For Loving You," which is why we are in that blue photo. And since I'm a halfway crazy cat lady, I printed out one of the pictures he took of the drummer, Eric Singer, the current Cat Man.

I've got this hanging up in our bedroom. I had such a good time there, that when KISS came back in 2014, we went again!  Grin
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